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Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan)

For Christmas this year spread some cheer with these delicious Chocolate Peppermint Cookies sure to make even those with food allergies feel the love. Made with GF flour but tasting just as good as any other cookie you won't tell tell the difference!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 91kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp Palm Oil Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Unbleached Cane Sugar*
  • 1/4 cup Rice milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4-5 drops Peppermint oil
  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour (Original Author recommends Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder

Icing

  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar*
  • 1-2 tsp Rice Milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1-2 drops Peppermint Oil (or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract)
  • Natural Green Food Coloring (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or use a baking stone.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together the palm oil and sugar with a hand blender.
  • Add the rice milk, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and peppermint oil, and beat again until incorporated.
  • Add the gluten free flour and baking powder to the palm oil mixture and beat until a dough forms.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap or cover the bowl with a lid and let rest for 5 minutes. This allows the thickeners in the flour to firm up the dough a bit.
  • After the dough has firmed up a bit, pinch off about 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Set onto your prepared baking pan and press to flatten slightly. 
  • Bake for 11 to 12 minutes in the oven. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cookies are completely cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar, rice milk, and the natural green food color to make the green icing.
  • Drizzle the icing on the completely cooled cookies and ENJOY!

Notes

*Making these cookies Sugar-Free is really easy! There are a lot of alternatives to sugar now-a-days like Swerve and even Monk Fruit sweeteners that make it a quick and healthy switch for you and your family. :)
Original Author's Notes:
"I use food-grade peppermint oil specifically made for flavoring (not essential oils), so it only takes a few drops to flavor an entire batch of cookies. But if you don’t want to use peppermint oil, you can use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract instead."
See Original Recipe:
https://thefitcookie.com/gluten-free-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/#recipe